Date: 25th June 2017 at 3:21pm
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Ok, not a problem, right? Considering Arsenal were recently reportedly prepared to pay £50m for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal, seemingly in talks with the forward at the admission of Jean-Michel Aulas, who had made Lacazette available, has said it would be ‘premature’ to he will definitely leave Lyon and join the Gunners after his failed Atletico Madrid move.

In fact Lyon’s president has gone as far to suggest the Ligue 1 side could keep hold of Lacazette and revive his failed Atletico Madrid switch, due to their transfer ban being upheld, in January.

Aulas told L’Equipe, via Sky Sports: ‘I do not intend to cede Alexandre quickly, because there is always the will of Atletico Madrid to bring it to January 1. Now I also listen to what Alexandre says. I saw Arsene Wenger during the France-England match [on June 13]. I was with [Aulas’ adviser] Gerard Houllier and I understand he told Gerard there could be interest from Arsenal, but it’s premature to say that things will happen.’

He went on to say Lyon are looking for ’50m to 60m euros’ (£44m-£53m) and if Arsenal want him the fee ‘will have to be at least that’ nothing less.

Looking back at the failed Atletico switch, Aulas added: ‘Everyone knows that Atletico’s offer is 53m euros plus 12m bonus. That’s 65m euros [£57m]. As the leaders of Arsenal are well informed, they will be in those waters. But frankly I have not thought about Arsenal for the moment. I thought Alexandre would stay because of the failure, initially, with Atletico Madrid.’

Oh well, this will now become another proposed transfer that will drag on and on then with rumour and speculation continually doing the rounds.

However, Lyon, as was also revealed by Aulas, do hold an interest in Olivier Giroud, which could make a difference to a potential deal? He said Arsenal Wenger was ‘key’ to any deal here but the French club are ‘watching’ Giroud’s developments in North London.

‘There has been an approach, at some point, for Giroud,’ added Aulas.

‘He is a boy that we like, who scores lots of goals and who has a lot of ambition for [the 2018 World Cup in] Russia. He told me personally that he wanted to take his time, that things were not completely defined with Arsenal, that he had a secret hope that he would be the No 1 striker next season. The key is Arsene Wenger. We are watching.’

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